“YOU HAVE INSOMNIA,” the doctor told me as she scrolled through screen after screen of charts, graphs, notations and squiggly lines, the results of my night at the sleep clinic.
This was earlier this year, after I’d travelled out of town to find out why I haven’t been able to get a good night’s rest in years. These were supposed to be the real pros, the scientists who can look at your REM and your RAM and your ROM and whatever and tell you exactly what’s going on and how to fix it.
“Don’t sleep on your back,” she said.
Insomnia. Don’t sleep on my back. Got it.
Four in 10 Canadianshave some degree of insomnia. One of those four uses prescription medicine to sleep. Francophones sleep better than Anglophones. Women sleep longer than men. All of us are getting less sleep as time goes on. It has nothing to do with age.
Canada is the third most sleep-deprived nation in the world, behind the U.K. and Ireland. The U.S. is fourth.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.